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Amid bitterness in Kashmir, BSF and Pak Rangers exchange sweets at Attari

punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2016 19:47 IST
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BSF commandant Sudeep (right) exchanging sweets with Pak Rangers wing commander Bilal on the occasion of Eid on the India-Pakistan border at the Attari-Wagah check post near Amritsar on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Amid tension in Jammu and Kashmir, it was bonhomie between neighbours at the Attari-Wagah border on Tuesday, as the Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Pakistan Rangers exchanged sweets on Eid-al-Adha.

Rangers wing commander lieutenant colonel Bilal Ahmed and BSF commandant Sudeep represented their forces. The other troops also exchanged sweets and greetings at the joint check post (JCP), like they do on every Eid, Diwali, and the two Independence Days. Border tension in the past has forced them to skip this sweet tradition on some occasions.

Flip flops

On Eid 2014, October 6, Pakistan Rangers didn’t offer sweets to the BSF, breaking a long tradition.

On October 23, 2014, the BSF and Rangers again were at odds on Diwali.

On January 26, 2014, India’s Republic Day, yet again there was no exchange of greetings.

On March 23, 2015, Pakistani Rangers offered sweets to the BSF all of a sudden on Pakistan Day. The BSF accepted it.

On July 18, 2015, things went to bad again on Eid.

On September 25, 2015, the sweet exchange resumed, finally.